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Mayo Clinic health care fair for high school students


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Trying to select a career can be one of the most stressful times in someone's life. Mayo Clinic is trying to make things a little easier for those interested in the medical field.

Career fairs are normally a place where many businesses try to sell themselves to prospective employees and vice versa, but this fair offered students more of a path than a job itself.

For eight years, Mayo Clinic has helped guide high school students in the direction of health care, and for eight years, students have taken full advantage.

More than 5,000 students have attended the health care career fair over the years, and Maddie Guyott hopes to become one of the lucky ones.

"Well, I've been going back and forth between health care and education," said Guyott, a student at Northfield High School. "And I'm hoping to find something that includes both of them."

With so many options offered by Mayo Clinic, Maddie takes quick interest in the hands-on stations. It gave her an opportunity to stop and ask questions of Mayo Clinic staff.

She may have had an idea of what career she wanted going in, but afterward it may be a completely different story.

"I didn't think that I would be this interested in the medicine here at Mayo," said Guyott. "I thought that I would be more interested in not just big university medicine, but also I thought I'd be interested in local, not hospital but clinic work."

The big question, though, is did she find a potential career at the fair?

"Yeah, maybe. I think so."

For anyone who can answer that question the same way, the career fair has done its job.

More than 925 students were at the fair from 48 schools in southern Minnesota, with all the students hoping to come away with clarity on a future career.

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